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Patient Stories: Islet Transplant for Type 1 Diabetes

  • Mike Schofield

    Islet Cell Transplant Recipient Meets Donor's Family

    Michael Schofield
    After Michael Schofield had his first pancreatic islet cell transplant as treatment for diabetes in April 2012, he wrote a letter thanking the family of his donor. It was over a year before he heard back from the donor's mother. That's when he learned they had more in common than the young man whose cells Schofield was carrying. In June 2013, he was en route from his home in Arizona to meet the donor's mother, when he got another exciting piece of news: UCSF had a donor for his second islet transplant. In the space of a week he connected with[...]
    Story Tags: Islet Transplant for Type 1 DiabetesType 1 Diabetes
  • Susie Rember

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  • Kim Mendes

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  • Alison Wesley

    After Islet Transplant, Glucose Control is "Amazing"

    Islet Cell
    Alison Wesley received her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes when she was just 11 years old, after she developed the classic symptoms of the disease – severe weight loss, excessive thirst, sugar cravings, frequent urination, and feeling lethargic. To treat the diabetes, doctors put her on the first generation of insulin pumps. She continued to use the pumps off and on until she was in her early 30s. But eventually, even the pumps could no longer help her control her glucose. "I developed 'brittle diabetes'," she explains. "My glucose levels were swinging up and down. I was checking them five to[...]
    Story Tags: Islet Transplant for Type 1 DiabetesType 1 Diabetes
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